Doctor in Westfield describes the condition TMJ

A typical dentist has generalized experience in providing general and restorative dentistry. They can place crowns, deal with cavities, and provide x-rays and examinations. It takes a special doctor to provide additional services in the Westfield area including the diagnosis and treatment of conditions; such as TMJ disorder.

TMJ disorder, also known as temporomandibular joint disorder, is a condition caused by issues around the ligaments, muscles, and nerves around the jaw joint. This jaw joint is known as the TMJ. The TMJ may become problematic and result in a variety of issues including:

  • Clicking and popping of the jaw joint
  • Pain around the jaw
  • Lock jaw
  • Discomfort when eating
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Pain behind the ear and down the neck

TMJ disorder does not have a specific cause though it may stem from the alignment of the bite. Sometimes, realigning the bite with orthodontics can help improve this condition. Other times, patients may need to use an oral appliance to help realign the jaw and reduce pressure. This also reduces damage to the surrounding teeth which may be caused from clenching, grinding, and poor alignment.

TMJ disorder can be diagnosed and treated with the right professional. With extra experience, our dentist knows the neuromuscular system and how it works. He knows how to look for signs of TMJ even when patients aren't aware it exists, including identifying teeth that look unusually worn. He can also ask patients questions about their overall oral health and wellness, as well as, any pain and discomfort they may occasionally experience which may point to the development of this condition.

If you reside in the area of Westfield, NJ and are seeking a doctor or dentist who is specially trained in diagnosing and treating conditions; such as TMJ (or TMD – temporomandibular disorder), now is a great time to call the practice of Dr. Thomas C. Streko to book an initial consultation appointment. He can provide a thorough examination of the smile and perform x-rays which can help him in properly diagnosing this condition and then speaking with patients regarding appropriate treatment options.